Aug 22, 2013 4:00pm PDT
deliberating the fate of army major nidal hassan. jurors returned to court about 15 minutes ago to ask a couple of questions, but again no verdict tonight. prosecutors say there is no question that major hassan planned and carried out the attack in 2009 at that post in texas. he's never even disputed it. while he's been representing himself throughout the trial, he's had very little to say, put up no defense virtually, just about the only words spoken today were, "the defense chooses not to make a closing statement." the 13-member jury needs only a 2/3 majority to find major hassan guilty of the charges, but if they want the military to execute him they will have to all be on board. casey stegall with the news tonight. casey? >> every single person on that panel is a senior ranking army official, an officer, a rank in fact of major or higher. they were carefully selected, you'll remember, at the beginning of july from u.s. army posts all around the world. they have not been sequestered since this court martial began on august 6th, but clearly instructed not to read anything about this extremely
Aug 28, 2013 4:00pm PDT
are resolved. justice has been served. >> our producer inside the courtroom said major hassan gave no reaction when the jury sentenced him today. casey siegel live at fort hood. casey, were there tears inside the courtroom today? >> yeah, harris, there were a few. not from hassan clearly, but rather from some of the family members of victims, victims of the 13 who were killed here on this day, november day, back in 2009. today was really about them, if you think about it. it was finally getting some closure nearly four years later. people like the mother of specialist jason hunt. he was just 22 years old, had been married only 2 1/2 months until nidal hasan walked into that packed medical processing building and gunned him down. >> anyone who would use their religion to commit acts of terrorism serves no god except their own hatred and self-interest. nidal hasan is a coward and an unrepentant murderer. >> now in the coming days, hassan will be transported to military death row located at fort leavenworth in kansas. the 42-year-old will be dismissed from the military, his pay stops immediately.